From Faculty & Friends: Jeffrey S. Lidke

What is the scholar-practitioner from your perspective?

From my perspective a scholar-practitioner is someone who consciously integrates into his or her scholarship the insights culled from engaging in the practices prescribed by the tradition he or she researches, publishes about and teaches. For me the label ‘scholar-practitioner’ indicates the intentionality and clear awareness that there is a kind of understanding that comes only through practice and that you not only seek to grasp what that understanding is but then also transcribe it into your scholarship and teaching.

How does contemplative practice inform your scholarship?

I was initiated into Mantra Yoga at age 5 by a disciple of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and then received śaktipāta-dīk

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